Last Wednesday, People’s Liberation Army Daily reported that Sun Sijing, Political Commissar of the People’s Armed Police Force (PAPF) and a People’s Congress representative attending the National People’s Congress in Beijing, submitted a proposal seeking an amendment that would put the PAPF exclusively under the command of the Central Military Commission headed by Xi Jinping.
According to Sun, the proposal to amend the law was based on the need to codify Xi Jinping’s recent guidance on the Armed Police Force and to implement the responsibility of the Chairman of the Central Military Commission. "Our Constitution established the responsibility of the Chairman of the Central Military Commission as an important part of the system. The Armed Police Force is part of the national armed forces. This major principle, that the Armed Police Force must follow the command of the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, must be written into law in order to ensure that the Party’s Central Committee, the Central Military Commission, and President Xi Jinping have firm supreme command of the armed forces."
[Editor’s Note: The current Armed Police Force Law, passed in 2009, states that PAPF is under the dual leadership of the State Council and the Central Military Commission.]
Source: National People’s Congress, March 8, 2016